Everyman Open Air Festival stages new twist of The Mikado

The Mikado is staged at The Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans Picture: David Holdsworth

The Mikado is staged at The Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans Picture: David Holdsworth

First published in Theatre

A new version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic The Mikado is currently playing to South Wales audiences.

Cwmbran-born director, Richard Tunley and musical director Gareth Wyn Griffiths have joined forces to create an innovative production.

The Mikado will be performed as part of The Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival at The Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans.

This interpretation of The Mikado, set in 1929 – features The Welsh Rarebits, an enthusiastic concert party arriving at St Fagans to perform their latest venture Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado.

They didn’t, however, realise the show would be performed outdoors and soon get under way battling with the elements. As a concert party the show can only be cast from the acts they have at their disposal. As a result, Pish-Tush is played by The Edwards Brothers – a music hall comedy trio of siblings, Ko-Ko is played by the company ventriloquist, Nanki-Poo by a fading matinee idol, Cowboy Joe and Squaw Betty – a knife-throwing act – are the chorus and the only person left to play the Mikado is a real surprise.

The Mikado will open this year’s festival and is part of a packed programme alongside Twelfth Night and Pinocchio – a children’s show.

A festival providing music, drama and an opportunity for family entertainment.

The Mikado is running at The Museum of Welsh Life until July 21. Book tickets on 0844 8700 887 or at every mantheatre.co.uk

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